Graduate Programs


The graduate engineering programs at The University of Toledo are some of the best in the U.S. Our master’s and Ph.D. programs in Industrial Engineering cover topics at the leading edge of technology and science.  

UToledo’s graduate Industrial Engineering students choose a research focus in one of three areas: 

  • Thermal science 
  • Solid mechanics 
  • Manufacturing and industrial engineering 

Research in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is typically supported by industry or government institutions. 

Learn more about the Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department.

Top Reasons to Study industrial engineering at UToledo

  1. Hands-on experience.
    Students in the Industrial Engineering graduate program have the opportunity to complete a curriculum training program in the industry — a paid internship —during the summer. 
  2. Broad curriculum.
    UToledo offers a wide range of Industrial Engineering classes, including courses on sustainability, experiment design and operations research.  
  3. Collaboration with auto manufacturers.
    UToledo is fortunate to be located near major auto suppliers and the headquarters of Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company. Our faculty members collaborate with industries on research. These companies also hire many of our graduates. 
  4. Resources of a major public research university.

    UToledo Industrial Engineering students and faculty have access to cutting-edge facilities and the latest research tools, including:  

    • 3D printers 
    • Tests to explore properties of materials and their performance under cycling loads 
    • Testing of smart materials, including shape memory alloys  
    • A high-speed wind tunnel 
    • One of the most powerful high-speed Linux HPC Clusters in Ohio 
  5. Financial aid.
    UToledo graduate students in the Industrial Engineering program are eligible for teaching and research assistantships, as well as tuition scholarships. 

UToledo's Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering faculty are accomplished, active researchers and include: 

  • 6 American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellows 
  • One Fellow of the American Ceramic Society 
  • Book authors, journal editors and conference chairs 
  • 3 Distinguished University Professors, UToledo’s highest faculty award 
  • 5 UToledo Outstanding Teacher awardees 

Graduate students choose a concentration from three major areas: 

  • Thermal science 
  • Solid mechanics 
  • Manufacturing and industrial engineering 

Faculty members mentor Ph.D. students on projects exploring such topics as sustainability, operations research and optimization. 

Dr. Matthew Franchetti directs the Business Waste Reduction Assistance Program, a unique partnership between the Lucas County Solid Waste Management District, UToledo’s College of Engineering and local business and industry. Our graduate students perform waste analyses and work on teams that provide solid waste, energy and greenhouse gas assessments to Lucas County commercial and industrial businesses. 


What jobs can I get with an industrial engineering degree?

Graduates of UToledo’s Industrial Engineering master’s and doctoral programs find jobs in industry and academia within a few months after graduation. Their average starting annual salaries are $80,000. 

UToledo Industrial Engineering graduates are hired as: 

  • Quality engineers 
  • Operations research engineers 
  • University professors 
  • Research engineers 

Our graduates contribute immediately to their companies. They have considerable experience in: 

  • Optimization 
  • Probability and statistics 
  • Solving challenging problems 
  • Operations research 
  • Sustainability 








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Last Updated: 8/23/23